Theatre Professor Interviewed

Professor of Theatre Arts, David Pecoraro, recently gave an interview for the website thisisoffcampus.org detailing how he got into Theatre production, and what advice he would give to college graduates on their graduation day.  In the interview, Professor Pecoraro says students should start transitioning into the workforce before graduation so it’s not an overnight transition.  He also recounts his memories about being in the M.F.A. program at Temple University.  Highlights of the interview which was originally broadcast on November 20th, 2013 can be found at this link http://thisisoffcampus.org/interviews/david-pecoraro/.

 

For more information about Vanguard’s Theatre Arts Department, visit the Department Website here.

 

Dr. Elizabeth Dermody Leonard

Dear Vanguard Community,

It is with a heavy heart that I inform you that beloved Vanguard professor Dr. Elizabeth Dermody Leonard passed away on Sunday, May 18 in Ireland, her home since retiring from Vanguard.

Dr. Leonard taught at Vanguard University as a full-time faculty member in the Department of Anthropology and Sociology, serving as an Assistant Professor of Sociology from 1997 to 2002, and then as Associate Professor of Sociology from 2002 to 2007, and finally as Professor of Sociology from 2007 to 2011. She delivered and expanded the Sociology curriculum to include areas of specialization in gender and crime, the sociology of women, corrections, family violence and juvenile delinquency, and played in integral role in helping grow the Sociology major to one hundred majors.

Dr. Leonard sustained a robust research agenda during her tenure at Vanguard University, producing a book (Convicted Survivors: The Imprisonment of Battered Women Who Kill, State University of New York Press, 2002), four book chapters and nine articles in peer-reviewed journals. She was widely recognized as an expert on issues related to battered women in prison and domestic violence, and as such, was invited to present research, guest lecture, provide expert witness testimony, and give various public presentations on seventy different occasions, and in diverse institutional settings and locales in the United States and Europe.

She served Vanguard University faithfully by being a tireless leader and advocate of interdisciplinary collaboration, which included serving as the Co-Director of Vanguard University’s Center for Women’s Studies from 2002 to 2005. She advised, counseled, and mentored countless numbers of students who, upon graduating from Vanguard University, followed her example by pursing vocations that advance the public good.

Elizabeth was highly respected, admired and regarded by the students at Vanguard University, who voted her the Faculty Member of the Year for 1999-2000, and again as Faculty Member of the Year for 2006-2007. Over the years students have consistently expressed their affection for her and their appreciation of her guidance and support.

Upon her retirement, Dr. Leonard was granted the status of faculty emerita. Dr. Leonard was a devoted colleague and friend and will be greatly missed.

Please keep Dr. Leonard’s family in your thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.

Serving with you,

MICHAEL J. BEALS, PhD

President

Vanguard University Names Doretha O’Quinn New Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs

Costa Mesa, CA, May 15, 2014 – After an extensive nationwide search since September of 2013, Vanguard University President Michael J. Beals announced on May 15 the appointment of Doretha O’Quinn to the position of provost and vice president for academic affairs, effective July 2014.

“Doretha O’Quinn carries esteemed credentials in higher education, a strong academic commitment to diversity, and intellectual passions which make her a great cultural fit for Vanguard University,” said Beals. “Dr. O’Quinn’s engaging personal style and demonstration of mentor relationships will make a transforming impact on our students, our faculty, and the mission of Vanguard.”

O’Quinn succeeds acting provost/vice president for academic affairs, Dr. Mike Wilson. Wilson served in the position since August of 2013.

O’Quinn currently serves as vice provost of multi-ethnic and cross cultural engagement at Biola University in La Mirada, Calif., where she has served since 2011. She also received her Ph.D. and M.A. from Biola University and a B.A. from Life Pacific College of San Dimas, Calif. Prior to this recent appointment, O’Quinn served as Associate Dean of the School of Education of Point Loma Nazarene University.

Dr. O’Quinn has spent over 34 years working as an administrator, principal and teacher in public and Christian K-12 schools and universities in southern California. She brings a passion for advancing the mission of Vanguard University in diverse communities. Honored as the National Sorority of Phi Delta Kappa’s “Outstanding African-American Educator of the Year,” O’Quinn was also invited as a fellow of the Council for Christian Colleges & Universities’ Advanced Women in Leadership Development Institute.

An award-winning teacher, speaker, administrator and published author, O’Quinn is up to the task of leading the academic house at a nationally ranked Christian university.

 “Vanguard University has an established commitment to equipping students for a Spirit-empowered life of Christ-centered leadership and service,” said Wilson. “Dr. O’Quinn joins a strong academic faculty where her leadership will further this mission, and undoubtedly serve the institution well.”

O’Quinn will work closely with President Beals in the leadership of all academic programs, and work to promote Vanguard University’s academic excellence that integrates faith and life. She will work with administration and faculty on a daily basis concerning Vanguard’s renowned undergraduate, graduate and adult degree completion programs.

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To request an interview, contact:

Erin Hales, Director of Marketing & Communications

55 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa, CA 92626

714.966.5452
erin.hales@vanguard.edu

 

ABOUT VANGUARD UNIVERSITY

Vanguard University (VU) is a regionally ranked, private, Christian university of liberal arts and professional studies. Located ten minutes from Newport Beach and an hour from Los Angeles, Vanguard equips students for a Spirit-empowered life of Christ-focused leadership and service. Vanguard is committed to academic excellence, boasting small class sizes that are designed to cultivate lasting professor-mentor relationships that enhance the learning process. The U.S. News & World Report ranked Vanguard a top 10 regional college in the west for 2014 and The Princeton Review ranked Vanguard a 2014 “Best in the West” regional college. Accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission, Vanguard offers more than 30 degrees and certificates through its undergraduate, graduate, and professional studies programs. Please visit www.vanguard.edu

Kinesiology Professor Published on Second Impact Syndrome

Dr. Terry Zeigler, Professor of Kinesiology at Vanguard University, recently had an article published concerning her work on Second Impact Syndrome. This syndrome can result in fatality and is caused by concussed athletes returning to play too soon. This article reflects Dr. Zeigler’s commitment and knowledge to diagnosing and treating sports related injuries. Her articles are now being sought out by a fitness company who seeks her knowledge on a range of sports injuries, diagnoses, and treatments. Her article on Second Impact Syndrome was published on Sports MD website. To read this article click here.

Director of Nursing Program recently published for her work as a research facilitator at St. Jude Medical Center in Fullerton.

VU-Staff-12-156Dr. Mary Wickman, Director of the Nursing Program and Professor at Vanguard University, recently had an article published from the work she does as a  research facilitator at St. Jude Medical Center in Fullerton. This publication resulted from a multi-site research study that was conducted between the sister ministries of St. Joseph, St. Jude, and Mission Hospital and is the second publication resulting from this research.  The article is titled: “The Hospital Staff Nurse Perceptions of Competency to Care for Patients with Psychiatric or Behavioral Health Concerns” and is published in the September/October issue of the Journal for Nurses in Professional Development. For the full article and more publication information, please click here.

Professor of Psychology presents at 2013 WASC Academic Resource Conference

Professor of Psychology, Ludmila Praslova, recently presented at the 2013 WASC Academic Resource Conference in San Diego, California. Her presentation and research was especially unique due the active involvement of undergraduate and graduate students. If you would like to read more about the details of her presentations, please check out the links below.

http://www.wascarc.org/content/working-puzzle-first-generation-and-hispaniclatino-student-retention-and-success

http://www.wascarc.org/content/facilitating-student-involvement-curriculum-development-examples-core-curriculum-and

http://www.wascarc.org/content/using-humor-and-creativity-communicating-important-messages-animated-videos-made-easy

Vanguard University Professor’s World War II (WWII) Documentary to Air on National Geographic Channel May 31, 2013

Inside-World-War-IIIt’s not every day that students can boast that their professor is an accomplished, professional film editor.

Aaron Daniel Annas’s students can.

On Friday, May 31,2013 at 7PM ET/PT,  Inside World War II, a documentary for which Annas has three credits – Associate Editor/SFX Design, Finishing Editor, and Sound Effects Editor – will air on National Geographic Channel.  According to the National Geographic, which has posted a trailer on YouTube, Inside World War II is a three-hour television event that provides a detailed visual timeline of the complex war, with personal, in-depth stories from veterans who fought in the deadliest conflict in human history. Inside World War II is the intimate story of the last global war, told by the survivors — those who endured the front line’s bloody conflicts. Those who witnessed the brutality of combat give their unfiltered accounts. Included in the interviews are former prisoner of war and “Slaughterhouse-Five” author Kurt Vonnegut and the grandson of legendary general George S. Patton.

As an assistant professor of Cinema Arts who teaches courses in the communications department at Vanguard University, Annas brings a rich array of professional experience to the academic table.  In addition to Inside World War II, Annas has been assistant editor on Great Lake Warriors (The History Channel) and editor of Parole Diaries (TVOne), in addition to many other films and projects.

Of all the shows he’s worked on, Annas says he is most proud of his work on Inside World War II.  “This documentary had a huge team and tons of footage, including actual footage of WWII,” said Annas.  “Because there were no sound recordings back then, we  had to find  sound sources for all the footage.  So the families who provided footage will be seeing the documentary for the first time.”

For more information, click here.

Professor Presenting at the Midwest Political Science Association

Dr. Kevin Walker, Assistant Professor of History and Political Science, will be presenting at the Midwest Political Science Association (MPSA) Conference on April 11, 2013.  His paper is titled “When Progress Had an End: Happiness and Historicism in the Political Philosophy of Thomas Jefferson.”  This paper is an exploration of Thomas Jefferson’s understanding of the relationship between the principles of the Declaration of Independence and his vision of human perfectibility.  For those who are interested in reading his paper, click on the link below.

http://conference.mpsanet.org/Online/Search.aspx?session=2090

Sociology Professor Highlighted in OC Register for Homeless Census

Sociology Professor at Vanguard University, Ed Clarke, was recently highlighted in the OC Register. He was part of a citywide homeless census Monday morning. He trained volunteers in using photos and locating homeless individuals. This is part of a project to measure the growth of homelessness, and awareness of the challenges homeless people face. For the full article, please click here.